“I have played consistently and I expect to play a good part in France”
He was called-up for the dead rubber against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte, which ended in a goalless draw before England flew home from Brazil in shame.
But since then Smalling has managed to establish himself as one of Hodgson’s most consistent and reliable stars to help the Three Lions rebuild.
The 26-year-old said: “I have bigger expectations this time. Very much so.
“Hopefully I will be coming off a full season and one where I felt I contributed. I feel I have put my name right at the forefront after playing the last two England games (friendlies against Germany and Holland).